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School is starting, which means you're starting to write papers again--formatted exactly in the style that's required by your professor.
Exactly, and you might be writing these papers for a quarter, a semester, or an entire year. That's a lot of formatting.
How to make it easier? After you have all the style-specific settings chosen in Word, save those settings as the default settings. You can set defaults for margins, line spacing, and other document elements.
If you don't want to change the default settings, you can save your first paper as a template. Then you can open your template whenever you need to begin a new paper.
The two most common styles are APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association). In Word 2010, Service Pack 1, the Word Bibliography feature supports APA Sixth Edition and MLA Seventh Edition. (If you don't see those choices, be sure to install the service pack.)
The Word Bibliography feature also supports Chicago Fifteenth Edition and Harvard - Anglia 2008.
For more information about bibliographies in Word, including how to choose a bibliography style, see Create a bibliography and 5 bibliography tips.
With any specific style, be sure to visit the website to catch all of that style's details. The APA Style website has a lot of materials, including a tutorial, so you can make sure that you're doing it right. And the MLA website has lists of frequently asked questions.
Want more tips and tools for starting back to school? Visit the Office in Education blog.
-- Joannie Stangeland
Sigh. N.B. that the plural form of "bibliography" is "bibliographies," not "bibliography's." The apostrophe is not used to form plurals, even (especially?) of words that end in vowels. Nor is the mark, as Dave Barry once explained in a satire, used "to alert the reader that an "S" is coming up at the end of a word."* See also, for example, Chicago 16th, 6.113 and the cross-references in that section, or the handy guide at grammarbook.com
The plural of bibliography is bibliographies.
You are absolutely right. Clearly, I should have written this post in Word first.
you right. absolutely right.